A Test Of U.S. Versus Germanic European Ethical Decision-Making And Perceptions Of Moral Intensity: Could Ethics Differ Within Western Culture?
Journal of Managerial Issues
International management must adjust to different cultures' moral attitudes, values, and behaviors. Previous research suggests that national culture impacts ethical decision-making and that circumstances high in moral intensity lead to stronger ethical decisions than situations low in moral intensity. In a laboratory experiment, this study finds that U.S. subjects have greater ethical awareness than Germanic Europeans. This finding is attributed to cultural differences in perception of moral intensity. Subjects from the U.S. versus Germanic Europe perceive some of the six dimensions of moral intensity at significantly different salience, dependent upon the level of moral intensity involved in an ethical decision.
Department of Accounting
Original Publication Date
Rausch, Alexandra; Lindquist, Tim; and Steckel, Monica, "A Test Of U.S. Versus Germanic European Ethical Decision-Making And Perceptions Of Moral Intensity: Could Ethics Differ Within Western Culture?" (2014). Faculty Publications. 1362.